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Macron Faces First Test in Parliament After Losing Majority

  • The influential finance committee selects chair on Thursday
  • President’s handling of ballot will indicate how he’ll govern
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WATCH: Macron became the first president in decades to fail to garner an absolute majority in parliament. Caroline Connan reports. (June 20)Source: Bloomberg

President Emmanuel Macron is facing his first test in France’s parliament since losing his outright majority in elections this month -- offering a glimpse of how he plans to navigate the deeply divided house over the next five years.

The legislature’s influential finance committee will pick a new chair on Thursday, with far-right, far-left and center-right groups all set to be represented on the some 70-member panel. While Macron still controls the most parliamentary seats, the biggest party traditionally abstains from the secret ballot to pick the committee’s head, who must come from elsewhere.